Program 74


PROMO: MicrobeCards, a snappy teaching tool for med students from trading card fan, Dr. Mark Peppler of the U of A

Dr. Rosemarie DeClerck-Floate of Lethbridge raises little weevils to put the brakes on toadflax and houndstongue

Dr. Peter Grutter of McGill University lays down the groundwork for NSERC's Nano IP program

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TITLE: Dr. Mark Peppler, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #74 MicrobeCards
SYNOPSIS: As a kid, Mark Peppler loved collecting hockey and baseball cards. Now as an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta, he's taken that concept and applied it to teaching. Just new to the market, Peppler's MicrobeCards are a great help to medical and nursing students trying to learn all those disease causing bacteria, parasites and fungi.



TITLE: Dr. Rose Marie de Clerk-Floate
SUBJECT: #74 Biological Controls for Weeds
SYNOPSIS: Look out onto the prairie and what do you see? If you're a rancher, you're probably looking out for weeds such as toadflax and houndstongue. These invasive weeds are not only choking out native plants, they're making life miserable for ranchers and their cattle. But one person who is making great strides in stemming the invasion is Dr. Rosemarie De Clerck-Floate. Her work in bio-control at the Agriculture Canada Research Station in Lethbridge is breaking new ground in the mass rearing of natural enemies to control these weeds.



TITLE: Dr. Peter Grutter, Associate Professor, Physics, McGill Univeristy and Director, NSERC Nano Innovation Platform
SUBJECT: #74 NRC Nanotechnology Innovation Platform Iniative
SYNOPSIS: It's a nano world out there. And Canada is trying hard to grab a piece of the action. First there was NINT, the NRC's National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton. Now NSERC has launch its new funding program, the Nano Innovation Platform. Dr. Peter Grutter spoke about the Nano IP program at a recent NINT workshop in Edmonton.